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by First Chairman
Mon Oct 31, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guide to Packet Editing
Replies: 2
Views: 2302

In the various archives, Mitch Szczepanczek (sp) had printed a manual of style. Back in the 1990's there are also various documents about style for writing questions. ACF's website should also have copies of those. Of course for straight-up grammar, you should know the usual standards from MLA to St...
by First Chairman
Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator speed?
Replies: 17
Views: 7086

It's not about speed

I think it's too simplistic to say that a reader is "fast" or "slow." Compared to most readers, I guess I'm "fast" but I don't necessarily think that killing packets with 4 minutes left on the clock is always a good thing if it sacrifices the quality of delivery. For me I always try to make sure my ...
by First Chairman
Sun Oct 30, 2005 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio Quizbowl 05-06
Replies: 28
Views: 14004

Just send it to me offline from here, I can see what I can do about it. North Carolina's won't run for another couple of weeks.
by First Chairman
Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio Quizbowl 05-06
Replies: 28
Views: 14004

The questions were rather easy, the easiest they've been in awhile... I mean, our coaches team won last year with a score of something like 1100, we put up 1650 this year. Since I wrote most of the set this year, I was really worried that the questions were really too hard in some parts of the comp...
by First Chairman
Mon Oct 24, 2005 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Duke High School Celebrity Shoot: NOVEMBER 12!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 3068

We're still taking registrations, and you need not be from a school in North Carolina to compete.
by First Chairman
Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Tournament?
Replies: 5
Views: 3164

I'm quite sure that we have stepped beyond IRC. The state of technology means that we could move up to Netmeeting or a similar "teleconference" format. Give some people in this group some time to play with the ideas, and it could get done. As for West Texas, outside of Ysleta High School, I agree th...
by First Chairman
Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer types
Replies: 36
Views: 20682

Well, I guess if you do it right, you can use a Judge as a defibrillator...
by First Chairman
Sat Oct 08, 2005 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio Quizbowl 05-06
Replies: 28
Views: 14004

ASCN format? Who supplied the questions for this?

Second question: will there be an ASCN next May? Hmm... :neutral:
by First Chairman
Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Swiss pair 10 rounds of prelims and finish on time
Replies: 3
Views: 2624

I think for a smaller field (like 8 teams), round robin works just fine. I think we're discussing the merits for this tournament structure for larger events.
by First Chairman
Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Duke High School Celebrity Shoot: NOVEMBER 12!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 3068

Please register all students with me ([email protected]) by November 5 so that enough copies of the test can be made.

Thanks!
by First Chairman
Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KMO
Replies: 8
Views: 4422

HSCS

The Case College Trivia Club have finally taken off all the info about the HSCS. At some point, I'll probably put it all up as soon as I get the guts to do it. In short: it is a non-buzzer competition. Teams consist of exactly 4 students and no change of rosters throughout the team events. Learning ...
by First Chairman
Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How can you convince a school to join a league?
Replies: 11
Views: 5779

Well, for the purposes of OAC, the 8 number is the best number to have, so obviously having a 16th member would be great. Outside of that... I think the MAC-8 (another Ohio HS league) has two qualifiers: a "regular season" and a "tournament" champion. My suggestion: the automatic RR champion gets to...
by First Chairman
Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KMO
Replies: 8
Views: 4422

You all should eventually try High School Celebrity Shoot. It's non-buzzer, but still team oriented with an individual twist. :) :) :)

I've had to remove any corny jokes or else my life would be threatened (even more than it is :) ).
by First Chairman
Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl class
Replies: 25
Views: 12186

Well, I have a conflict in trying to talk to programs about Decathlon "vs." quiz bowl in the states where I have an executive position... but I hope that at least for California it could work. Years ago, there was Kiwanis Bowl and I don't know what has happened to it.
by First Chairman
Mon Oct 03, 2005 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How can you convince a school to join a league?
Replies: 11
Views: 5779

Following up Dan's idea... have the odd team with the bye play as host to your regular season games.
by First Chairman
Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl class
Replies: 25
Views: 12186

Debate is an interesting example, partly because there are more "debate clubs", even classes in college. There are also more applications for "debate" in terms of various competitions, including potentially Model UN. Finally, debate has numerous career-related applications: law, government, philosop...
by First Chairman
Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl class
Replies: 25
Views: 12186

I'm not diametrically opposed to having a quiz bowl class, but I do sympathize with schools that do not have such a favorable administration that such a class cannot be created for their districts. For many teams it does become an issue of fairness. I can't say whether I would prefer having classes ...
by First Chairman
Fri Sep 30, 2005 8:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl class
Replies: 25
Views: 12186

Personally I would rather prefer extracurricular activities be truly extracurricular. I don't know if people would work around that and undertake "indepedent study" credit. But I will say that having that extra hour or so is helpful in some cases. I am just wary for how to properly assess a class li...
by First Chairman
Fri Sep 30, 2005 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl class
Replies: 25
Views: 12186

I can comment a bit about the Decathlon "class" situation. It is in fact very common to see Decathlon classes in California and Texas schools, especially those who are competitive at the state and national levels. Ohio has many of its schools with a Decathlon class, and it is a major bone of content...
by First Chairman
Fri Sep 30, 2005 12:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE is looking for a volunteer! (9/30/2005)
Replies: 0
Views: 1477

PACE is looking for a volunteer! (9/30/2005)

Project Researcher/Editor volunteer position available The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is seeking a motivated academic competition team player or advisor for an unpaid volunteer position as a Project Researcher/Editor for the Academic Competitions Project. The Researcher/Editor ...
by First Chairman
Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Duke High School Celebrity Shoot: NOVEMBER 12!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 3068

Duke High School Celebrity Shoot: NOVEMBER 12!!!!

Okay... I have the final arrangements (since apparently I can still make them). Duke High School Celebrity Shoot will be held NOVEMBER 12 (not November 5) at GROSS CHEMISTRY building (not Richard White Lecture Hall). The intended schedule will have teams arrive between 8:30 and 9:15 am at Gross Chem...
by First Chairman
Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 5th Annual Tar Heel Cup
Replies: 13
Views: 5924

Brice,

If you need any additional help, give the Duke folks a heads up.
by First Chairman
Fri Sep 23, 2005 9:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Do you like Grammar?
Replies: 30
Views: 16091

Oh please don't. Let's keep essays with the SAT and ACT.
by First Chairman
Fri Sep 23, 2005 9:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 17
Views: 12653

"Just to take it a step further, does anyone know of any research or scholarly writings touting the benefits of Quiz Bowl?" I don't know where such a paper would be found. Furthermore, we don't really do any work in educational research on these activities. There are benefits in my opinion for acade...
by First Chairman
Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Duke Quizbowl?
Replies: 6
Views: 3869

It's also a problem when the person who owns the website is no longer a student, and none of the current students wants to take on building a new one. Unfortunately practice is cancelled for this evening, but you can contact the club president Sean Hou or VP Dinesh Kumar. You should be able to look ...
by First Chairman
Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches' Corner
Replies: 90
Views: 44144

I haven't been doing as much active coaching this particular year since I'm letting my kids learn the logistics of running a team, but I'm going ahead and putting a couple of cents into this. There are two major skills that I always emphasize to the students. In increasing order for me it is (1) Lis...
by First Chairman
Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scobol Solo November 12
Replies: 12
Views: 7392

From an administrator's perspective, I'd be a bit afraid. I understand that there are times when educators are expected to behave in loco parentis , and I'd be the first to think it's overkill. However, I also know quite well that if anything goes wrong, the parents are going to be extremely upset. ...
by First Chairman
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 322136

Correct answer: Anna Karenina
Wrong answer: Anna Kournikova
by First Chairman
Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Systems
Replies: 24
Views: 15739

I am also wondering if anyone has ever had experienced with the following buzzer system. http://buzzers.com/10_player_buzzer_system.htm Otherwise, I also really like the Logitech system, which can be purchased through the Great Auk (Knowledge Master Open) folks. Yes, I also really like the Judge bec...
by First Chairman
Mon Sep 05, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Do you like Grammar?
Replies: 30
Views: 16091

Proper language is going out the window anyway. People are texting each other, and writing skills are pretty pitiful. Thank goodness we don't ask for essays in quiz bowl.
by First Chairman
Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2005-2006 "It's Academic"
Replies: 55
Views: 27487

Hmm... that's too bad that they cut their prize money. I'm not sure exactly what the implications are, but it usually results in the teams that just do this program "for the money and TV exposure" to drop out. I would say that as long as there is TV exposure for the teams, there will be minimal impa...
by First Chairman
Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational math...Illinois and elsewhere
Replies: 35
Views: 22514

OAC: mathematics is required in one of the ten categories that begin the game (category #2). Usually the questions will take 20-60 seconds for someone to buzz in (on the tossup anyway) and respond. There are 3 such questions worth a maximum value of 7 points (of the 90 possible points in an official...
by First Chairman
Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Organizational theory...
Replies: 11
Views: 5076

As far as I can tell, ACF is nothing more than a bunch of guys in their 20's who sit around, drink, and somehow pull off 3 levels of what are generally considered to be the best college tournaments around. If they can do that, what's stopping you? As far as I can tell, PACE is nothing more than a b...
by First Chairman
Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HS NCT Announcement
Replies: 26
Views: 12715

steven-lamp wrote:I'm glad it's going back to Chicago. 'Twas a nice area, and it provides an incontrovertible reason to attend NAQT for schools whose coaches (like mine) insist on going to ASCN each year.
That assumes there will be an ASCN next May.
by First Chairman
Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Do you like Grammar?
Replies: 30
Views: 16091

God help us. While grammar is a very commonly tested feature on standardized tests, I do NOT enjoy having it up as quiz bowl material... especially when some question writers don't know much grammar in the first place. :razz: There are only so many ways to write questions on subject-verb disagreemen...
by First Chairman
Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT JIAT 2005 Official Announcement--Live updates!
Replies: 20
Views: 10236

Sorry... we're in the midst of website transfers.

http://www.pace-nsc.org/ should still be working.
by First Chairman
Fri Aug 05, 2005 10:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzstrong update
Replies: 2
Views: 1996

Do you have an easy way to set up an order for the wristbands so we don't pester you?
by First Chairman
Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32527

solonqb wrote:Maybe you did something to make them angry, Dr. Chuck. ;)
Well, I'm pretty sure it has something about being Chinese. :)
by First Chairman
Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32527

Mr. E. T. Chuck, The problem for the Shanghai school and attending PACE is that the team and its former coach (me!) is that your web site is blocked by the Chinese government! I kid you not. I am not sure why but it is not available, nor is Mr. Barry's quiz camp. As of August 5 I will be living in ...
by First Chairman
Wed Jul 20, 2005 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Scheduling and Sporting Events
Replies: 18
Views: 10670

You just plain don't do that. Many of the lots near facilities that I use for competitions get absconded by Duke athletics for parking. Usually those lots are reserved for the high-paying alumni and athletics boosters. Because of that, most events run by student groups or other departments are held ...
by First Chairman
Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interested in Getting A Team, HS Tourney
Replies: 3
Views: 2849

As for starting a college team, you're going to need to find out how to get your club chartered (if there does not exist a club). Go through all of that process first, then recruit your team members. I'd put running a HS tournament on the complete backburner until then.
by First Chairman
Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32527

I venture a guess that my now ex-team Shanghai American will make some noise next year at NAQT and NAC. The team returns all their players and considering that three of the five team members were true underclassman, that bodes well. Also the team gained invaluable experience at NAQT & NAC. We had n...
by First Chairman
Sun Jul 10, 2005 5:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Who's Going to ACE?
Replies: 40
Views: 17841

Two words to bring those nostalgic for NAC-Houston:

Cruise ship.
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Nationals Debate.....
Replies: 25
Views: 14702

ksattelmeyer wrote:Just imagine the legal bills! Are there enough weekends in a year to hold fundraiser tournaments for such a figure?
That's why it would be on Pay-Per-View....

Don't tempt me. I have Photoshop. :cool:
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 26, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Who's Going to ACE?
Replies: 40
Views: 17841

jrbarry wrote:Great. All Brookwood kids are going to SEMO as well.
Not Tennessee? That's interesting. Was there a scheduling conflict?
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 26, 2005 8:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sample 4 Quarters and PAC Format Sets
Replies: 2
Views: 2181

I had been searching the PAC website, but they don't have a link to their "sample questions" anymore. They will sell old question sets on CD-ROM though. As for old Four Quarters sets... you can see if there's anyone who writes questions in 4Q format. I did once upon a time though it's not in an acce...
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 26, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Nationals Debate.....
Replies: 25
Views: 14702

Maybe more appropriately a Dick Vitale. I could do that. Maybe people have heard me impersonate Dick Vitale. :eyebrow: :shock:
by First Chairman
Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in foreign countries: How?
Replies: 9
Views: 4677

I cannot say about German schools themselves, but if you go to a Department of Defense school or an International School (American-run), there is a possibility you could see academic teams there. Many of them compete in Knowledge Master Open, but I cannot attest to there being a circuit.
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mathematics and calculators
Replies: 33
Views: 20246

The Duke Academic Festival usually puts in a computation question but only as a handout question. This reduces any translational errors coming from the reader (who may not be mathematically adept), and it allows for having one math specialist do the problem with a bit more time than the hurried 5 se...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online quiz bowl things
Replies: 0
Views: 1597

Online quiz bowl things

The best "online" quiz bowl competition that I think we best relate to is the NTN games in our local restaurants. I will admit having teams at multiple sites answering questions in true competitive format is going to be difficult unless you are talking satellites or videoconferencing. And we know ho...